Phoenix looks to be laughing
There’s still a lot of interest in The Joker. That might come as a surprise to anyone who saw 2016’s Suicide Squad and witnessed Jared Leto’s attempts to kill the character forever, but Batman’s greatest foe is immune to terrible acting, apparently. And that’s good news, because Warner Bros are working with The Hangover director Todd Phillips on a Joker origin story, set in the 1980s.
The film will explore the character’s early days in Gotham, and promises to feel like a gritty crime drama.
Martin Scorcese will produce and Phillips wants Joaquin Phoenix to play the lead role – he’s apparently now waiting on approval from the studio.
I’d already be interested in a movie about The Joker, but the Joaquin Phoenix dimension adds another layer of curiosity. There had been rumours of Leonardo Dicaprio, pictured above, taking on the role but that plan evidently fell through. Phoenix is a pretty great substitute though, and anyone who saw I’m Still Here knows he has the freak factor needed to play The Joker.
Phoenix has previously turned down comicbook roles like Doctor Strange and Lex Luthor, so there must be something special about this project that has caught his attention.
It would seem that Jared Leto has lost his role as The Joker